Belgium Petrol Federation: ‘diesel consumption slightly down in 2018’
According to the Belgian Petrol federation, last year the diesel share (78%) in the total consumption of transport fuels in Belgium was 2% lower compared to 2017. The use of gasoline, on the contrary, went up with 10%. “The figures reflect the steadily declining sales of diesel engines in our country,” explains the federation.
The downward spiral when it comes to diesel cars can be explained by the upgoing excises on diesel up to the gasoline level. Another reason is the negative perception of diesel engines regarding air pollution. “A perception that is not in line with today’s technological reality,” the federation continues.
Car drivers are afraid they will soon be banned from particular city areas, even with recent diesel cars. Still, it is paradoxical that – when trying to meet the climate goals and reduce CO2 emissions – the number of petrol cars is increasing, since gasoline cars emit more CO2.
In 2018, excises on fuels brought in 5,75 billion euros, a 6,5% rise compared to 2017, and even 35% more than five years ago.